That view of St. John the Baptist Church will be all the prettier for everyone associated with Penistone Church FC this morning as they extended their advantage at the summit of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division to five points with a thumping 8-0 win over 18th-placed Harrogate Railway Athletic in front of another fine crowd of 203 at the DSM Memorial Stadium on Saturday – not a bad place to kick off the Bootiful Rundown’s review of the weekend’s action, writes Colin Muncie.
Church’s win showcased a first half hat-trick from Nathan Keightley and a brace from Sam Scrivens, and brought a temporary end to Rail’s recent excellent form.
Second placed Yorkshire Amateur were side-lined by a weather postponement at 17th-placed Thackley, so third-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare took full advantage with a hard-fought three points at Barton Town (12th) – a goal in each half from Nash Connolly in a 2-0 win; and Worksop Town stay fourth after edging past 15th-placed Garforth Town 2-1 in a feisty affair at the Bannister Prentice Stadium, the winner coming from Matthew Sykes.
Knaresborough Town were pleased to be back in action and are fifth after a 3-1 win at Athersley Recreation, who stay 14th. Goals in the second half from Dan Thirkell and Luke Stewart saw the points head back to Manse Lane, whilst sixth-placed Bridlington Town traded first-half goals in a 1-1 draw with Bottesford Town at Queensgate, which sees the sides sixth and tenth respectively in the Division; and with Maltby Main also victims of the weather at Eccleshill United, Staveley Miners Welfare closed to within three points of the Miners after another convincing 4-1 win, this time over bottom side Goole AFC at Inkersall Road.
At the other end of the table, and with Hall Road Rangers and Thackley not in action, the big winners were Albion Sports, 16th, who enjoyed a fine 5-3 win at eighth-placed Handsworth Parramore, with Alhassane Keita taking the match ball home after his hat-trick at Sandy Lane.
Division One leaders Campion had the day off after their clash with 12th-placed Shirebrook Town at the Kay and Lane Insurance Stadium lost out to a pitch inspection, so we have new Leaders in Toolstation NCEL Division One after Grimsby Borough won 3-1 at resurgent FC Bolsover, with Adam Drury again amongst the scorers at Langwith Road.
Third-placed Nostell Miners Welfare will have enjoyed their Saturday off after a fine 3-2 win over AFC Emley at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground on Friday night. A superb crowd of 223 saw the visitors resist a late fight back from the Pewits to take the three-point haul. Winterton Rangers stay within a point of Nostell after a cracking 6-0 win at Worsborough Bridge Athletic, who drop to sixth. Rangers enjoyed a five-goal half–time lead, with six different names on the score sheet at Park Road.
Hallam have moved quietly but effectively into fifth, with up to four games in hand on the teams around them near the top. The Countrymen enjoyed a rare win, 2-0, at eleventh-placed Glasshoughton Welfare, with goals in each half from Tom Roebuck and Sam Smith. Hallam face a tricky trip to AFC Emley on Wednesday night.
Selby Town (7th) got back on the winning trail after a goal fest with Rossington Main at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. Jordan Snodin and Joe Dale were on the mark for the Robins in a 5-3 win, and Alec Denton found the net for Main, who stay thirteenth.
Dronfield Town (8th) got their own back on Swallownest (10th) after a home defeat in the reverse fixture with a 2-0 win at Rotherham Road in TBG’s featured Division One fixture. Goals from Anthony Holmes and Callum Mawbey sealed the away win from Chris Millington’s side; and Brandon Bagley scored what proved to be the winner as ninth-placed Parkgate got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win at 15th-placed Skegness Town.
Towards the bottom of the table, 16th-placed Armthorpe Welfare were the big winners after edging past East Yorkshire Carnegie 2-1 at Dunswell Park thanks to Josh Dodd’s 78th minute winner.
Don’t forget that the Bootiful Game will be keeping abreast of the latest news from up and down the Leagues ahead of another full League programme next weekend. We’ll be back with the Bootiful Preview later this week.